Americans Donate Billions to Charity

Americans are generally speaking generous towards charities, donating around 7 plus billion dollars per year. Here are a few of the top   donors: 1. Warren Buffett Total: $3.084 billion 2. Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan Total: $499 million 3. John and Laura Arnold Total: $423… Read more

Six Famous Estate Fights

  Famous Estate Fights- Mistakes & Lessons   Brooke Astor Mistake: Naming wrong person as agent under power of attorney. Story: In October 2009 socialite Brooke Astor’s son Anthony Marshall was convicted of fraud and grand larceny relating to his handling of his late mother’s estate…. Read more

You Are Richer Than You Think

Richer Than You Think? Jun 22nd 2013 |From the print edition From The Economist Last year 12m people in the world had $1m or more in investible assets. That is 1m more “high-net-worth individuals” than in 2011. After falling in two of the previous five… Read more

Kobe and Mom Settle Over Memorabilia

Settlement reached between Kobe Bryant, parents in auction dispute. Kobe Bryant’s mother sought to auction off a number of his high school jerseys. (GoldinAuctions.com) A settlement has been reached by Kobe Bryant and his parents over a deal struck between Bryant’s mother and a New… Read more

Why Families Fight Over Inheritances

The reasons why families fight over inheritances is much more complicated than simply greed. The book Blood and Money  by P. Mark Accettura is required reading for anyone involved in the business of estate disputes, or anyone going through one or about to do so.The… Read more

Japanese Adoptions of Adult Males

Had I not read the following in the Economist I would not believe the practice of Japanese males adopting single male heirs when faced with  having only female heirs.   It would not surprise most North Americans to learn that 98% of adoptions there involve youngsters…. Read more

Billionaire Pickens Sues Son For “Cyber Bullying”

Billionaire T. Boone Pickens Sues His Son, Alleging ‘Cyber bullying’. Billionaire T. Boone Pickens has sued his son for publishing that he was an abusive father. One of America’s richest families has become the subject of a dark tell-all blog written by one of their… Read more

Fertility Law Is an Up and Coming New Area of Legal Practice

Continuing Legal Education announced this up coming course for lawyers: The desire to have a child and a family is one of the things that defines most of us as humans. The physical inability to have a child can be devastating. Unfortunately, statistics show that… Read more

Keeping Your Will Out of Court

1. INTRODUCTION Probably the best way that a lawyer or Notary can keep his or her Will out of court is to always bear in mind the end use of the product. The primary goal of a client in executing a Will is to ensure… Read more

Some Estates Generate Large Incomes For Decades

Estates Generate Large Incomes It is very common for estates to generate income and sometimes capital during the administration of the estate on behalf of infants, people with disabilities and thus discretionary trusts, and so forth, that may go on for many decades. Forbes magazine… Read more

Should Sperm Donors Have Parental Rights and Obligations

One of the newest forms of litigation appears to be that of sperm donors and their various legal rights and obligations. I noted with interest a few months ago that the High Court of England handed down a landmark decision allowing two gay men in… Read more

Every Court Worker Has Riotous Stories to Tell – Here Are a Few

Riotous Stories These extracts from a book called ‘Disorder in the American Courts’ are things people actually said in court, word for word. They were taken down and published by court reporters who had the torment of staying calm while the exchanges were taking place…. Read more

Billionaires Compete Re Huge Marriage Dowries For Daughters

Marriage dowries are largely unknown in Western societies, but still exist in  India and China. The marriage dowries have a long history and tradition, and involves the payment of money, goods, or estate that a bride brings with her into the marriage. The monies and such… Read more

Housekeeper and Staff of Aged Heiress Sued By Public Administrator For $44 Million In “Gifts” In NY

The lawsuit commenced in Manhattan this year concerning the estate of reclusive heiress Huguette Clark , has to be the years most sensational estate case, and thus appropriate for the last blog of the year. The claim is brought by 19 distant family members concerning… Read more

Financial Institution Not Liable For Loss of Invested Inheritance

There have been many court decisions in recent years with the courts have found financial advisors to be negligent in the handling of the investors funds. This was not the case in the recent decision from Ontario in Erst v. Royal Mutual Funds Inc. 2011… Read more